Nominal Roll A – Abbot to Ayres

ABBOT

David Alexander Abbot,  D.F.M.  RNZAF NZ401219 – Air Gunner  
Born on Monday, 03 December 1917 in Carterton, Wellington, New Zealand.
Enlisted,  Tuesday, 07 May 1940.
Arrived Friday, 20 December 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 23.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 33
total sorties undertaken 33 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with Drayton’s crew as  R/Gnr
23 Ops with GR Simich’s crew as  R/Gnr
6 Ops with WJ Rees’s crew as  R/Gnr
2 Ops with FJ Lucas’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
27/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover, 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 21/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven, 23/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne, 26/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/03/1941 Bombing Attacks on Cologne, 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 15/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Lorient, 18/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam, 23/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 27/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?, 03/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 06/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 07/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel, 09/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 14/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Brest, 16/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Bremen, 17/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel, 29/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam, 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 23/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser, 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 16/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 18/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen, 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne, 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim

David suffered back and chest injuries during the heavy landing after the 17th April Op to Berlin – he subsequently spent time at both Ely and Halton hospitals.

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 months 2 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 20 December 1940.

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 23 SEPTEMBER, 1941
Distinguished Flying Medal
N.Z.46I2I9 Sergeant David Alexander ABBOT, Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 75 (N.Z.) Squadron.

This airman has displayed great skill and determination throughout the flights in which he has acted as rear gunner. He has participated in operations over Germany and occupied territory, including three attacks on Berlin and five on Cologne. Sergeant Abbot has always taken meticulous care in the maintenance of his turret and guns. He has displayed courage and coolness throughout. Later F/Sgt. F/Sgt Abbot took part in the operation to sink the Bismarck. He survived three force-landings. The first was on 15 April 1941 when returning in a Wellington from a raid on Lorient. His aircraft hit a balloon cable near Plymouth and force-landed on St Eval. On 17 April 1941 when over Berlin, just before bomb release, an explosion turned his Wellington upside down at 10,000 ft and it fell to about 4,000 ft before it could be rolled up-right. On the return flight to the U.K. they became lost in thick fog and crossed over England before finding themselves over the sea. They turned about and were eventually guided by an airfield searchlight at RAF Ternhill. A landing was made half-way down the runway, the aircraft running through a fence and over a road before hitting parked fighter aircraft. In this landing F/Sgt Abbot was injured. The third force-landing was at a bomber OTU when they were attacked by an RAF fighter forcing a landing nr Rhys, Wales”.

A life lived…….
Passed Thursday, 12 July 2007 aged 89

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph – date of birth/location & death details of injuries sustained and image, Hanson Colin M., 2001, ‘By Such Deeds: Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999’, Colin M. Hanson, Volplane Press, New Zealand – , Recorded in The Gazette (London Gazette) – London Gazette No. 35283, Dated 1941-09-23 award of DFM


ABBOTT

Clifford Abbott, RAF 1098896 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21    killed on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 22 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops with FA Sandeman’s crew as  F/E
1 Op with J McCullough’s crew as  F/E
8 Ops with DL Thompson’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
09/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin (FA Sandeman), 16/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux, 15/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient (J McCullough), 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (FA Sandeman), 04/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 05/02/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 16/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 18/02/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 25/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 26/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 28/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire, 01/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg (DL Thompson), 10/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 14/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 16/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 22/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 26/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 28/04/1943 Mining in Kiel Bay

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 19 days

Stirling Mk.I BF467 AA-W came under attack by Kreigsmarine (Flak ship) battery MAA508, positioned between the Fehmarn-Belt and the Lolland Islands, in the Baltic. The aircraft crashed into the sea near Nakskov to the West of Lolland at 00.08hrs. There were no survivors.

Killed age 21 on the 29th of April 1943.

Son of Joseph Ernest and Grace Abbott, of Clifton, York.
Buried Svino Churchyard, Denmark.
Grave location – Grave 16.
‘Of such Is the kingdom of God’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler


ABRAHAM

Ernest Joseph Abraham,  D.F.C.  RNZAF NZ428061 – Pilot  
Born on Thursday, 26 February 1920 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Employed as a school teacher prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 20 November 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 24 from 1668 Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 33
total sorties undertaken 34, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 34 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 20/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund

Tour History
27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 14/12/1944 Sea Mining in Kattegat Area, 19/12/1944 Sea Mining in Dornbusch Area, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 20/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund (DNC),, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 13 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 06 June 1945. Time with Squadron – 6 months 17 days

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 16 November 1945
Distinguished Flying Cross
Acting Flight Lieutenant.
Ernest Joseph ABRAHAM (N.Z.428061) 75 (N.Z) Sqn

As Pilot, has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty

After the War, Ernest taught briefly at Wanganui before operating a country store near the town for four or five years with his wife Muriel. The Abrahams then bought the Albion Hotel at Patea. Later after a period teaching at Waverley District High School, he taught from 1966 to 1985 at New Plymouth Boys’ High School where he became Head of the Geography and History Departments. He also served as Commanding Officer of the New Plymouth Air Training Corps. He was also an active lawn bowler and served as president of the Taranaki Bowling Centre as well as being a life member of the East End Bowling Club.

A life lived…….
Passed Tuesday, 15 March 1994 aged 74, New Plymouth, New Zealand.


ABRAHAMS

Gerald ‘Gerry’ Abrahams, RAF 1811354 – Wireless Operator  
Arrived Friday, 02 February 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.73 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 30 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JR Rodgers’s crew as  W/Op
29 Ops with Sl Spillman’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne

Tour History
05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen (JR Rodgers), 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss (Sl Spillman), 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 23/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 17 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 30 May 1945(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 3 months 28 days


ABRAHAMS

Henry James Abrahams, RAF 1313153/ 183761 – Wireless Operator  
Arrived Thursday, 10 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 31 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with LA Martyn’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with NMcL McRitchie’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 11/09/1944 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 14/09/1944 Attack Against Waasenaar, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais (NMcL McRitchie), 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 04/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 22/10/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing. 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 11/11/1944 Attack Against Castrop Rauxel, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 2 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 01 December 1944. Time with Squadron – 3 months 21 days


ACKROYD

A Ackroyd, RAF  – Flight Engineer  
Arrived Sunday, 03 December 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1668 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 32, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 32 Ops with VJ Zinzan’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne

Tour History
12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 03/01/1945 Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 20/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 23/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 2 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 30 May 1945(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 5 months 27 days


ACREE

Rudolph Acree, RAF  723590 – Pilot  
Arrived Saturday, 01 November 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JFM Parnham’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend (JFM Parnham as 2nd Pilot)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 31 December 1941(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 1 months 30 days


ADAM

Adam, RAF  – Air Gunner  

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6
total sorties undertaken 8 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with FJ Lucas’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout), 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin)

Tour History
15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout) (DNC), 19/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 21/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Aachen and Dinant), 23/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 25/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels, 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin) (DNC), 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport, 14/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 29 days


ADAMS

John Adams,  D.F.C., A.F.C.  RNZAF NZ1027 – Pilot  
Arrived Monday, 10 July 1939 at R.A.F. Marham.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 35, including 6 DNC (83 % completion rate)

Undertook 35 Ops as Pilot , including 6 DNC – 17/04/1940 Bombing raid on STAVANGER, Norway, 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin), 07/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on CHIMAY, ST. VALERY, ABBEVILLE, PONT REMY, 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434., 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434 (DNC), 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434.

Tour History
13/03/1940 Happisburgh, 15/03/1940 Two Aircraft carried out Operational exercise. Special Sweep, as detailed in No.3 Group Operation Order No.7, dated 14.3.40., 27/03/1940 Reconnaissance and Nickle Operation. Brunswick – ULZEN – LUNEBURG) Raid No.s. PCB136, PCB137, PCB138, respectively., 12/04/1940 Search for enemy warships off the coast of Norway, 17/04/1940 Bombing raid on STAVANGER, Norway (DNC), 21/04/1940 AALBORG AERODROME, 21/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Aachen and Dinant), 23/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 25/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels, 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin) (DNC), 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport, 03/06/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.28 DUSSELDORF, 05/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Cross-Roads and Marshalling Yards at CAMBRAI, 07/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on CHIMAY, ST. VALERY, ABBEVILLE, PONT REMY (DNC), 09/06/1940 Bombing Attacks over Enemy Territory, 11/06/1940 Special Duty to ‘PAMELA’, 13/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G9 and G6., 17/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.73., 19/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82., 28/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target C.37., 30/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Forest South of FRANKFURT, 04/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target F.49 and M.431, 18/07/1942 Bombing Attacks on Target K.56, 20/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71, 25/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets, F.18, M.434, and KASSEL, 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434. (DNC), 03/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST, 09/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.84., 13/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7., 15/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.85., 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434 (DNC), 19/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431, 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434 (DNC), 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING, 29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 16 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Sunday, 12 January 1941. Time with Squadron – 1 years 6 months 2 days

Later, Squadron Leader at No.5 Blind Approach Training Flight, Honington


Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 22 October ,1940

Distinguished Flying Cross
Acting Flight Lieutenant John ADAMS, Royal
New Zealand Air Force.

Since the beginning of the year, as captain of aircraft, this officer has made twenty-eight sorties including attacks on Germany, Norway, Holland, Belgium and France. His work has always been noticeable for its high standard of efficiency and determination. For example when, one night in July, his primary target was impossible due to bad weather, he attacked instead two stationary supply trains, causing explosions and fires which we visible 30 miles away. Flight Lieutenant Adams has always set a fine example to all crews in his unit.

LONDON Gazette, 1 January 1942
Air Force Cross
Acting Squadron Leader John Adams D.F.C., Royal New Zealand Air force

Citation required – Awarded whilst at No.5 Blind Approach Training Flight, Honington


ADAMS

Adams , RAF  – Air Gunner  

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9
total sorties undertaken 9 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CE Kay’s crew as  F/Gnr
8 Ops with FJ Lucas’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
27/03/1940 Reconnaissance and Nickle Operation. Brunswick – ULZEN – LUNEBURG) (CE Kay), 15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout) (DNC) (FJ’ Lucas), 19/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 21/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Aachen and Dinant), 23/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 25/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels, 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin) (DNC), 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport, 14/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 17 days


ADAMSON

David Maurice Adamson, RNZAF NZ415052 – Navigator   (killed in action)
Born on Saturday, 23 September 1916 in Wangaui, New Zealand. Employed as a drapery salesman prior to enlistment.

Arrived Friday, 20 August 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 26 from 1665 Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7    killed on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 8 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with RC Whitmore’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
02/09/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 03/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim , 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 25 days

The Whitmore crew in Stirling MK.III EH877 JN-C, took off between 19:45 and 20:00hrs to join a main force of 678 aircraft, attacking Hanover for the second time that month. Although the attack was well concentrated, incorrectly forecast wind speeds, used by the Pathfinders to mark the target, resulted in the centre of the city being spared – the majority of bombs falling approximately 5 miles North of Hanover city centre.
Having been attacked by a night-fighter and set on fire, the Stirling went into a steep dive, exploding in the air,  just before hitting the ground. Wreckage was spread very widely, between Gleidingen and Heisede. All of the crew were killed except the Wireless Operator Sgt. Frederick Charles Cowan, who managed to parachute to safety. He was captured and made a P.o.W.

Killed age 27 on the 28th of September 1943.

Son of James Maurice Adamson and of Davina Adamson (Nee Martin), of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand; Husband of Eva A. Adamson, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 8. C. 4.


ADAMSON

Maurice James ‘Monty’ Adamson, RNZAF NZ426904 – Pilot  
Arrived Friday, 19 January 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from 1653 Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 20
total sorties undertaken 29, including 2 DNC including 7 post war flights. (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  2nd Pilot
21 Ops as Pilot , including 2 DNC – 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne , plus 7 Post War flights

Tour History
9/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg  (CH Baigent as 2nd Pilot), 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen (DNC), 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 23/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 13/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 04/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague and Delft, 09/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 25/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 23/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 05/07/1945 Post Mortem – Checking German Radar Equipment

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 26 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 04 October 1945. Time with Squadron – 8 months 15 days


ADDIS

John Henry Addis, RAF 1208366 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Arrived Saturday, 01 November 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7    killed on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 8 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with AB Slater’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg, 15/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 23/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 02/01/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 25/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 17 days

There appears to be no ’official’ record or explanation as to the nature of the loss of X.3653 or Sgt. John Addis. The Squadron history “Forever strong: The story of 75 Squadron RNZAF, 1916-1990” by Norman Franks, contains an account of the events of that night by Phil Burridge, Rear Gunner with the Slater crew that night:

“We flew direct to Essen and on the run in took a pounding from ground fire. We received a direct hit in the bomb bay which was full of flares. As the flares were to be used as a marker for the main stream, it was not possible for us to jettison them. We were unable to put the fire out, so the aircraft was eventually abandoned and I landed in Duisberg where I was given a hostile reception by the natives until taken prisoner by some Ack-Ack gunners…..Our second Pilot and W/Op – Ted Wainwright – had worked out a plan whereby if they ever had to abandon the aircraft and were a parachute short, they would clip the remaining parachute on one hook of each of their respective harnesses and jump together. So on this night, when it happened, they both jumped together, but with his arm through Ted’s harness while Ted held him with one arm. Tragically, when the chute opened, the second Pilot was thrown off…….”

Sgt. John Henry Addis had in fact been given his own crew prior to this Op, but had said he would fly this last one Op with Allen Slater’s crew. Sgt. Aldis was the only fatality in the crew – all others successfully baled out, but were captured and made P.oW’s.

Son of Charles and Emma Addis, of Florence Addis, of Perry Barr.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 9. B. 16.
“Ye shall receive
A crown of glory
That fadeth not away”
I.Peter.V.4′


ADLARD

Ralph Adlard, RAF 2220328 – Air Gunner  
Arrived Thursday, 17 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 31 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 31 Ops with L Boyer’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome At Eindhoven (Rear Gunner), 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 2 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 19 December 1944. Time with Squadron – 4 months 2 days


ADOLPH

Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot  
Arrived Wednesday, 07 June 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 31, including 2 DNC (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CR Baker’s crew as  2nd Pilot
30 Ops as Pilot , including 2 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux (CR Baker as 2nd Pilot), 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 22/07/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 29/08/1944 Mining in the Gulf of Danzig, 03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome At Eindhoven, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 17 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 18 October 1944. Time with Squadron – 4 months 11 days


AINSLIE

Tom Dale Ainslie, RAF 967756 – Pilot   (killed in motor accident)
Arrived Wednesday, 01 January 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3
total sorties undertaken 4, including 1 DNC (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with Kilsby’s crew as  2nd Pilot
3 Ops with GT Kimberley ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot, including 1 DNC – 21/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven

Tour History
01/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne  (Kilsby as 2nd Pilot), 04/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Le Havre (GT Kiimmberley as 2nd Pilot), 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 21/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven (DNC)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 20 days

From the “The Edinburgh Academy War Service Record 1939-1945” – TOM DALE AINSLIE
b. 1920. He was with W. N. Lindsay & Co., Grain Merchants, Leith, until the outbreak of war, when he enlisted in the R.A.F. Becoming a Sergeant Pilot, he took part in raids over Germany with No. 75 (Bomber) Squadron. He was killed in a motor accident near Cambridge on 26th February 1941. Tom’s brother, Francis George, enlisted in the R.A.C., was commissioned in 1941, and went overseas with the 15th/19th Hussars in June 1944. He was killed in action on 10th September 1944 during the tank advance near Hasselt in Belgium.

Only apparent details of Tom’s death is that it occurred in a motoring accident near Cambridge on the 26th of February 1941. At time of death he was 2nd Pilot with Gilbert Kimmberley’s crew, having completed 4 Ops with them.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, , The Edinburgh Academy War Service Record 1939-1945 – details oof death in a motor vehicle accident


AITCHISON

Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Friday, 04 July 1919 in Onehunga, New Zealand. Employed as a labourer prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 18 August 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 22.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21    killed on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 22 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with AS Raphael’s crew as  F/Gnr
1 Op with C Taylor’s crew as  F/Gnr
1 Op with H Machin’s crew as  F/Gnr
13 Ops with JFM Parnham’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne (AS Raphael), 28/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend, 02/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt, 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 17/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe, 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 13/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Dusseldorf (C Taylor), 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne (JFM Parnham), 20/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen, 21/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Boulogne, 22/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets Mannheim, 01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 04/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen (H Machin), 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend, 12/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 17/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Le Havre, 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf, 08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 12/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kiel

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months 14 days

The circumstances surrounding the loss Wellington Mk.III X.3282 are not known, other than that the aircraft crashed near Scleswig, approximately 40 miles North West of the target area. The entire crew were killed.

Killed age 22 on the 12th March 1942

Son of Harry and Lily Evans Aitchison, of Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. H. 4.


AITCHISON

Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer   (killed in action)
Arrived Monday, 21 July 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk from No.23 Operational Training Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7    killed on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 8 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with AHR Hawkins’s crew as  Observer

Tour History
06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 12/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre, 14/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 17/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 02/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt, 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 9 days

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9759, AA-R was probably brought down by flak, near Hartenholm, about 24 miles North of Hamburg. Two crew members, Sgt R Robert Blakeway and Sgt W.Mullins RAF, successfully baled out and were taken prisoners of war. The rest of the crew were killed.

Killed age 28 on the 15th of September 1941

Son of R. H. and Jessie C. Aitchison, of Glasgow. His Brother George Also Died On Service.
Buried Hamburg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 5A. M. 9-12.
‘Until the day break, And the shadows flee away. Song of Solomon.II17’ 


AITCHISON

Richard Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ429286 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Thursday, 29 June 1916 in Onehunga, New Zealand. Employed as a brewery  storeman prior to enlistment.

Arrived Wednesday, 27 December 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 28.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RJ Newton’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel (RJ Newton as 2nd Pilot)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Lancaster Mk.III ME321 AA-N crashed near the Dutch town of Maastricht, probably through contact with enemy fighters. There were no survivors. Sgt Martin Brennan was buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery, the other seven crew are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. It was thought that this was W/C Newton’s 50th Operational sortie.

Lost without trace age 28 on the 1st of January 1945

Son of Oliver Christie Aitchison and Lilly Evans Aitchison; husband of Olga Aitchison, of Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 285.


AITKEN

Ian James Aitken, RNZAF NZ428062 – Wireless Operator  
Arrived Friday, 09 March 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.75 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8
total sorties undertaken 14 including 5 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  W/Op
7 Ops with D Fairbairn’s crew as  W/Op, plus 6 Post War flights.

Tour History
11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 25/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees, 05/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 14 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 24 July 1945. Time with Squadron – 4 months 15 days


AITKEN

John Keillor ‘Jack/ Jake’ Aitken,  D.F.C.  RNZAF NZ421488 – Pilot  
Arrived Wednesday, 07 June 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 21 from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 30, including 2 DNC (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops as Pilot , including 2 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos, 12/08/1944 Attack Against Brunswick, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel , 29/08/1944 Mining in the Gulf of Danzig, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny , 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen , 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt , 14/09/1944 Attack Against Waasenaar , 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 3 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 05 October 1944. Time with Squadron – 3 months 28 days

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE 8th of December 1944

Distinguished FLying Cross (Imm)
John Keillor Aitken (N.Z 42I488), 75 (N.Z.) Sqn.

“Flying Officer Aitken is a very capable and determined captain of aircraft. He has participated in many sorties against targets in Germany and northern France. In August 1944, during a daylight attack against a flying bomb supply depot at Pont Remy, his aircraft was hit several times by anti-aircraft fire jut prior to bombing. Despite difficulties, Flying Officer Aitken pressed on the the target, which was successfully bombed. He then flew the damaged aircraft back to base and accomplished a satisfactory landing”.

A life lived…….
Passed Wednesday, 24 November 2010 aged 87, Gisborne, New Zealand


AKEHURST

A. Akehurst, RAF  – Air Gunner  
Arrived Monday, 05 February 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.73 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14
total sorties undertaken 20, including 1 DNC including 5 post war flights. (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops with EM Ohlson’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel plus 5 Post War flights

Tour History
16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel (DNC), 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft (R/Gnr), 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 03/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 01/07/1945 Post Mortem – Checking German Radar Equipment

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 15 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 30 June 1945 (exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 4 months 25 days


AKEHURST

Roy James Akehurst, RAF 1852707 – Air Gunner  
Arrived Tuesday, 19 December 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 29, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 29 Ops with VR Egglestone’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne

Tour History
28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard), 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 20/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 13/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 21 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 30 May 1945 (exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 5 months 11 days


ALBERT

Eric Norman Albert,  D.F.M.  RAF 623339 – Wireless Operator  

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 33, including 2 DNC (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with AAN Breckon’s crew as  F/Gnr
19 Ops with CE Kay’s crew as  W/Op & F/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 23/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 25/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels
1 Op with TO Freeman’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with FJ Lucas’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with JC Fleming’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with CK Saxelby’s crew as  W/Op
8 Ops with 4 ops with MH McFarlane 1 Op with A Ashworth
1 Op with JE Gilbertson
2 Ops WG Horne’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
13/03/1940 Bombing attacks on Happisburgh (AAN Breckon as F/Gnr), 06/04/1940 Nickel Operation over the Area of Neinburg – Petershagen (AAN Breckon as F/Gnr), 12/04/1940 Search for enemy warships off the coast of Norway (CE Kay as F/Gnr), 17/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets, A.64, A.75, A.79, M.435, M.464, M.458, AC.6 and AC.7 (CE Kay), 19/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 23/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (DNC), 25/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels (DNC), 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport, 03/06/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.28 DUSSELDORF, 05/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Cross-Roads and Marshalling Yards at CAMBRAI, 07/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on CHIMAY, ST. VALERY, ABBEVILLE, PONT REMY, 09/06/1940 Bombing Attacks over Enemy Territory, 11/06/1940 Special Duty to ‘PAMELA’, 19/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82., 24/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets F.19 & A.108, 26/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.431, H.49, and M.122, 30/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Forest South of FRANKFURT, 18/07/1942 Bombing Attacks on Target K.56, 25/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets, F.18, M.434, and KASSEL, 06/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.73 and A.28., 15/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.85., 04/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg, 23/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg (TO Freeman), 14/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24. (FJ Lucas), 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83. (JC Flemming), 08/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70 (CK Saxelby), 11/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71. (MH McFarlane), 12/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71., 26/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 8 months 13 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 30 November 1940 (exact date not known), .

2nd Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4   
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with A Ashworth’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with JE Gilbertson’s crew as  W/Op
2 Ops with WG Horne’s crew as  W/Op
13/07/1942 Attack Against Duisburg (A Ashworth), 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg (JE Gilbertson),  28/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (WG Horne), 29/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken

Tour History
13/07/1942 Attack Against Duisburg (A Ashworth), 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg (JE Gilbertson),  28/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (WG Horne), 29/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 16 days

Total final Op count with 75(NZ) Squadron – 35

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 11 February, 1941

Distinguished Flying Medal.
623339 Sergeant Eric Norman ALBERT, No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron

Citation required.


ALBISTON

Kenneth H*. Albiston, RAF 136454 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Arrived Thursday, 16 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit, Water Beach.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with AJ Mayfield’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with G Turner’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover (AJ Mayfield as 2nd Pilot), 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (G Turner as 2nd Pilot)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 days

Stirling Mk.III EH936 JN-W, was brought down near the target Mannheim, crashing at Dirmstein, 5 miles North of Frankenthal. There were no survivors.

Killed age 24 on the 23rd of September 1943

Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 21. B. 15-18.

*Middle initial H needs to be checked – came across reference to it in an old `RAF Commands discussion


ALLCOCK

Frank Kitchener Alcock,  MiD  RAF 532245 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Arrived Friday, 09 April 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk from 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit, Water Beach.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17    killed on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 18 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 18 Ops with AJL Sedunary’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
15/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 28/04/1943 Mining in Kiel Bay
04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 03/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 17/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 8 days

Stirling Mk.III BF564 JN-W was brought down at Martensmuhle, one mile South South West of Trebbin (13 miles South East of Potsdam). All of crew were killed.

Killed age 28 on the 24th of August 1943

Son of John Henry and Alice Kate Alcock; Husband of Dora Beatrice Ethel Alcock, of Kellerberrin, Western Australia.
Buried Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 6. E.
12-19.
‘When day is done
And shadows fall I think of thee’

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 11 June, 1942
Mentioned in Dispatches
532245 F. K. ALCOCK.


ALDERSON

J. Alderson, RAF  – Flight Engineer  
Arrived Tuesday, 01 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 30, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RA Leslie’s crew as  F/E
29 Ops with KW Cooper’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen

Tour History
05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez , 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen (DNC), , 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 7 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 30 January 1945(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 5 months 29 days


ALDERSON

Robert Alderson, RAF 2221636 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
Arrived Tuesday, 01 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28  shot down on 29th Op
total sorties undertaken 29 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CD Mulcahy’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
1 Op with NM McRitchie’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
27 Ops with H Rees’s crew as  Muu/Gnr

Tour History
05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos (CD Mulcahy), 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 14/09/1944 Attack Against Waasenaar, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez (NM McRitchie), 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 15 days

The circumstances of the loss of Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA – G are unclear, but all seven crew either abandoned the aircraft in flight or escaped unhurt after a crash landing. They were all simply recorded as being captured as Prisoners of War.

P.o.W Number: 1317
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VI
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known


ALDERTON

J. Alderton, RAF  – Flight Engineer  
Arrived Saturday, 01 January 1944 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with KW Cooper’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 01 February 1944(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 1 month


ALDRIDGE

J. Aldridge, RAF  – Flight Engineer  
Arrived Monday, 18 September 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 32 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with J Baines’s crew as  F/E
2 Ops with J Shaw’s crew as  F/E
4 Ops with JR Layton’s crew as  F/E
1 Op with MA Kilpatrick’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais (J Baines), 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 11/11/1944 Attack Against Castrop Rauxel, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen) (J Shaw), 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau (JR Layton), 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen MA Kilpatrick), 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte (JR Layton)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 17 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 30 December 1944 (exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 3 months 12 days


ALEXANDER

Allan Mason Forbes Alexander,  D.F.C.  RNZAF NZ41712 – Pilot  
Born on Tuesday, 11 November 1919 in Foxton, New Zealand
Arrived Sunday, 13 June 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 23 from No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit, Stradishall.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 27 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops as Pilot
1 Op with RO French’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with FA Andrews’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld (2P), 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld (2P), 22/06/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at  Aachen, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 17/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 04/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 08/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bremen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 19 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 29 November 1943 to No. 1653 Heavy Conversion Unit, Chedburgh. Time with Squadron – 5 months 16 days


Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 22 October, 1943

Distinguished Flying Crross
Flying Officer Allan Mason ALEXANDER (N.Z.41712), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 75 (N.Z.) Squadron.

“In the course of his tour, this officer has attacked very many targets, including Berlin, Hamburg and important centres in the Ruhr. He has displayed great skill and determination and obtained many successes. One night in August, during an attack on Berlin, his aircraft was attacked by several fighters. Flying Officer Alexander skilfully out-manoeuvred the enemy aircraft, however, and enabled his gunner to shoot down 1 of the attackers. This officer has displayed great courage and devotion to duty”.

A life lived…….
Passed Saturday, 11 October 2014, aged 94


ALEXANDER

William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot  
Arrived Wednesday, 14 March 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.72 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6
total sorties undertaken 12 including 6 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops as Pilot , plus 6 Post War flights

Tour History
18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 29/04/1945 Supply Dropping in the Delf Area, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 31/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 11 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 12 July 1945. Time with Squadron – 3 months 28 days


ALFRED

Joseph McKenzie Alfred, RAF 1810280 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Arrived Saturday, 30 December 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 12    killed on 13th Op
total sorties undertaken 13 (92 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops with NH Thorpe’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 21 days

Official reports indicate that ME450 returned in formation and flew with other aircraft of the Squadron over the Station. As was customary, the aircraft would turn, separate and then format before approach and landing. For some reason unknown, whilst executing a gentle turn, ME450 appears to have suffered either an engine failure or catastrophic failure that resulted in it crashing into the ground North West of Mepal, near the village of Chatteris. Only the Rear Gunner, Sgt Hark survived.

Research and discussion with relatives, suggests a more detailed picture of the events that led up to the crash. Chatter between the boys as their aircraft returned home spontaneously gelled around a race – a simple challenge within the aircrew as to who would get home first, some perhaps grinned or grimaced and refused to take up the challenge, others perhaps, seeing the chance for a victors pint at Chequers, could not resist the flying glove cast down in front of them – throttles were pushed forward and the race was on………

ME450 arrived over base in formation then broke off with the intention of landing. It appeared that a loss of power then occurred in both starboard engines, with smoke coming from the starboard outer. The aircraft lost height in a gentle right turn and crashed NW of the airfield near the village of Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, at 16.10hrs. Four of the crew died in the crash, including the Pilot, Navigator, Air Bomber and Mid Upper Gunner. The wireless operator (F/S Francis), Flight Engineer, (Sgt Duke), and the Rear Gunner, (Sgt Hark), escaped injured. Sgt Duke died from his injuries two days later.

One postulation, repeated almost exactly to me by 2 sources speculate that the Flight Engineer Sgt. Duke accidentally turned the wrong taps and in doing this stopped the two starboard engines in the turn. The crew had become concerned by his behaviour on previous Ops – one incident involving the brandishing of his service revolver in the aircraft had resulted in the rest of the crew refusing to fly further with him unless his gun was returned to the armoury.

Killed age 23 on the 26th of February 1945

Son of Bertha Alfred, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England.
Grave location – Grave 15516.
‘In loving memory
Of my own darling,
Gone but not forgotten.
Mother’
  


ALLAN

Samuel Allan, RAF 1558635 – Flight Engineer  
Arrived Saturday, 15 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk from No.1657  Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 26 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 26 Ops with JM Mee’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
21/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 03/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at  Aachen, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim , 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 04/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 13 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 01 November 1943. Time with Squadron – 5 months 17 days


ALLAN

Allan, RAF  – Wireless Operator  
Arrived Monday, 01 December 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with ER Jones’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
02/01/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron 30/02/1942 (exact date not known), .


ALLCOCK

Gilbert Meston Allcock,  D.F.C., Bar to D.F.C.  RAF 36215 – Pilot  

1st Tour – No.214 Squadron – Op history required

Arrived Monday, 18 January 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk.

2nd Tour (1st with 75(NZ)
Ops total with Squadron – 15
total sorties undertaken 15 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 04/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 14/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 16/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 18/02/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 19/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 05/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 08/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 09/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munich, 11/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 27/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 04/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 16/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 13 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 11 May 1943. Time with Squadron – 3 months 23 days

3rd Tour with No.7 Squadron (PFF) – Op history required

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 15 JANUARY, 1943

Distinguished Flying Cross.
Acting Squadron Leader Gilbert Meston ALLCOCK (36215), No. 214 Squadron.

This flight commander served with a transport squadron in the Middle East and since his return to this country has taken part in a number of night sorties against Germany and Italy. – One night in December, 1942, he was detailed to attack Duisberg. While over the target area his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88. During the ensuing engagement the bomber sustained damage and 3 members of the crew were wounded. Undaunted Squadron Leader Allcock continued and bombed the target. On the return flight the port inner engine caught fire. Despite the crippled state of his aircraft, the grave possibility of the fire spreading and with both rear guns out of action, Squadron Leader Allcock flew the bomber safely back to base. This officer’s courage, determination and skill set an example of the highest order”

LONDON GAZETTE, 6 November, 1945
Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.
Squadron Leader, Gilbert Meston ALLCOCK, D.F.C. (36215), R.A.F.R., 7 Sqn


ALLEN

Bernard ‘Bill’ Allen, RAF 968734 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
Arrived Thursday, 23 March 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15  shot down on 16th Op
total sorties undertaken 16 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with LL Bonisch’s crew as  R & Mu/Gnr

Tour History
25/03/1944 Attack Against targets at Aulneye (R/Gnr), 26/03/1944 Attack against Targets at Courtrai (R/Gnr), 20/04/1944 Mining in the Brest Estuary (R/Gnr), 23/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (R/Gnr), 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome (R/Gnr), 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez (R/Gnr), 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain (R/Gnr), 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg (M/Gnr), 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund (M/Gnr), 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne (M/Gnr), 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers (R/Gnr), 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes (R/Gnr), 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham (M/Gnr), 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux (M/Gnr), 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres (M/Gnr), 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux (M/Gnr)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 16 days

ME702 was hit at least twice by AA fire over the target area which caused an explosion, and the aircraft began breaking up. The wreckage fell just South West of Dreux. All the crew except Sgt Allen, RAF, who survived the crash, were killed and initially buried at Garnay. Sgt Allen was taken prisoner, after some weeks on the run. He was captured at St. Paire..

P.o.W Number: 380
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Returned to the United Kingdom: unknown.

For the Op history of the Bonisch crew and the full diary of Bill Allen’s evasion, capture and internment, click here.


ALLEN

Charles ‘Chaz’ Allen, RAF 1898556 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
Arrived Tuesday, 01 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32  shot down on 33rd Op
total sorties undertaken 33 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CD Mulcahy’s crew as  R/Gnr
32 Ops with H Rees’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos (CD Mulcahy) , 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 14/09/1944 Attack Against Waasenaar, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 15/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 15 days

The circumstances of the loss of Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA – G are unclear, but all seven crew either abandoned the aircraft in flight or escaped unhurt after a crash landing. They were all simply recorded as being captured as prisoners of war.

P.o.W Number: 1218
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known


ALLEN

D. Allen, RAF  – Air Gunner  
Arrived Sunday, 01 August 1943 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with AJ Mayfield’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 01 September 1943 (exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 1 month


ALLEN

Francis Frederick Allen, RAF 936019 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Arrived Thursday, 01 October 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk from No.11 Operational Training Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5    killed on 6th Op
total sorties undertaken 7, including 1 DNC (71 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with J McCullough’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 29/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin

Tour History
29/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin (DNC), 03/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Frisian Islands, 17/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Fallersleben, 08/01/1943 Gardening off the North Sea of Denmark, 12/01/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 5 days

Stirling Mk.I BK604 AA-S was shot down by a night-fighter (Hptm WolfgangThimmig, III.NJG1) while attempting to penetrate the highly effective German defensive sector along the Netherlands coastline. The bomber crashed at 20:13hrs near the township Enter (Overjissel), seven miles South West of Wierden, Holland. Three of the crew were killed in the crash – the Captain, Flight Engineer and Rear gunner. The remaining five succeeded in baling out, four of whom landed unhurt but were taken as prisoners. The Air Bomber’s parachute failed to deploy fully before he impacted the ground and he died as a result. The deceased were buried in the Wierden General Cemetery.

Killed age 23 on the 3rd of February 1943

Son of Frederick and Louise Allen; Husband of Eiluned Mair Allen, of Upton Lea, Slough, Buckinghamshire.
Buried Wierden General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Row A. Grave 7.


ALLEN

Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – Air Gunner  
Arrived Saturday, 02 May 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 32 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with IGE McPhail’s crew as  R/Gnr
2 Ops with El Hadon’s crew as  R/Gnr
20 Ops with SH Gunning’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
04/05/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart (IGE McPhail), 06/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart, 07/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay (Front Gunner), 09/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 15/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 19/05/1942 Attacks Against Mannheim and St. Nazaire, 21/05/1942 Gardening at La Pallice and Lorient, 30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 02/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 16/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (EL Haydon), 17/06/1942 Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden (SH Gunning), 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 22/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 25/06/1942 Attack on Targets at Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 02/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 07/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Frisian Islands (Gardening), 08/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven, 20/07/1942 Daylight Sorties Against Bremen, 21/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 25/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 26/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 28/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 31/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 04/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 09/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 11/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz, 24/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 20 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 30 October 1942 (exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 5 months 28 days


ALLEN

Norman Samuel ‘Paddy’ Allen, RAF 1796033 – Air Gunner  
Arrived Friday, 09 February 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from RAF Feltwell.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14
total sorties undertaken 21 including 7 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  R/Gnr
13 Ops with RA Banks’s crew as  R/Gnr & Mu/Gnr, plus 7 Post War flights.

Tour History
13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden (CH Baigent) (R/Gnr), 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz (RA Banks) (R/Gnr), 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel (R/Gnr), 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel (R/Gnr), 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 29/04/1945 Supply Dropping in the Delf Area, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft (R/Gnr), 09/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 05/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 23 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 30 June 1945 (exact date not known). Time with Squadron – 4 months 21 days

A life lived…….
Passed Sunday, 23 December 2012 aged 90



ALLEN

Ralph Norman Allen,  D.F.M.  RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot  
Arrived Saturday, 17 May 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 31 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 11 Ops with JW Thomson’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops with IL Reid ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with FT Miniken’s crew as  2nd Pilot
17 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
02/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf (JW Thomson as 2nd Pilot), 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 11/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf and Boulogne (JW Thomson as 2nd Pilot), 12/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm (IL Reid as 2nd Pilot), 15/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk (JW Thomson as 2nd Pilot), 16/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf (JW Thomson as 2nd Pilot), 18/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest (JW Thomson as 2nd Pilot), 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk (JW Thomson as 2nd Pilot), 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf (FT Miniken as 2nd Pilot), 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen (JW Thomson as 2nd Pilot), 05/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Munster (JW Thomson as 2nd Pilot), 07/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster (JW Thomson as 2nd Pilot), 08/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster (JW Thomson as 2nd Pilot), 10/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne (JW Thomson as 2nd Pilot), 13/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen, 21/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg, 24/07/1941 Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 03/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 12/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre, 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne, 02/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt, 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls, 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel, 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 15/09/1941, Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 30/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg, 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg, 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 20/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 18 days
Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 22 November 1941. Time with Squadron – 6 months 5 days

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 30 January 1942

Distinguished Flying Medal
Sgt Ralph Norman ALLEN (NZ401247) 75 Sqdn

“As a captain of aircraft, this airman has taken part in attacks on Cologne, Hamm, Bremen, Kiel, Hamburg and Brest. He has consistently carried out all his operations with the greatest courage and determination and his keenness and enthusiasm has been a source of inspiration to all. P/O Allen’s targets also included Boulogne, Dunkirk and Berlin. On one occasion his aircraft was hit by flak and cannon fire from a Ju88, but he flew the aircraft safely back to base. On an earlier occasion, while flying a second pilot to F/O J W Thomson, he was blown half out of his aircraft without a parachute. It was with great difficulty that he got back inside”.


ALLEN

Ronald Gilliam Allen, RAF 1261123 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Arrived Friday, 01 August 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14    killed on 15th Op
total sorties undertaken 15 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 9 Ops with NGC Ramsey’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with Sykes’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with E Sawrey-Cookson’s crew as  W/Op
4 Ops with MP Bell’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne (NGC Ramsey), 28/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend Boulogne (NGC Ramsey), 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls Boulogne (NGC Ramsey), 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel Boulogne (NGC Ramsey), 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest Boulogne (NGC Ramsey), 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg Boulogne (NGC Ramsey), 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend Boulogne (NGC Ramsey), 13/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Dusseldorf Boulogne (NGC Ramsey), 14/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf Boulogne (NGC Ramsey), 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg Boulogne (Sykes), 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf (E Sawrey-Cookson), 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (MP Bell as F/Gnr), 13/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dunkirk (MP Bell  as F/Gnr), 25/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen (MP Bell), 26/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre (MP Bell), 28/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Lubeck (MP Bell)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 months 2 days

The precise circumstances of the loss of this aircraft and crew, are unknown. Whilst the raid report states that there were no combats with E/A, a combat report held in the National Archives (AIR50/192/6) describes a Pilot witnessing an enemy aircraft firing first on what is believed to be another Wellington. This Wellington was reported as going down into the sea and burning furiously. The fact that all the crew’s bodies were buried in the German Naval Garrison Cemetery, before being re-interred in the Kiel War Cemetery, perhaps suggest this might have been the Bell crew, however it should be noted that the Naval Garrison also had gun batteries near it, so this does not discount A.A. fire as the source of this crew loss.

Killed age 20 on the 29th of March 1942

Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. A. 3.


ALLEN

William Morton Allen, RAF 540956 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Arrived Friday, 15 October 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit, Waterbeach.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5
total sorties undertaken 5 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
22/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 07/11/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 04/01/1944 Mining North of Biarritz

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 13 days

14/01/1944 – Incident involving a Hurricane from the Air Fighting Development Unit from RAF Mepal.
Pilot, Sgt. William Morton Allen, was lost without trace on the 14th January 1944, age 23, whilst flying a Hurricane aircraft of the Air Fighting Development Unit from RAF Mepal.

Lost without trace on the 14th January 1944, age 23, whilst flying a Hurricane aircraft of the Air Fighting Development Unit from RAF Mepal. It appears that Sgt. Allen took the aircraft without permission when the Fighter Pilot who had landed the Hurricane went to the mess. It is assumed that Sgt. Allen took the aircraft and that after running out of fuel, crashed somewhere in the North Sea. There is also a suggestion that, at the point of this event, Sgt. Allen might have himself, been on some form of disciplinary charge which had removed or suspended him from flying duties. At this point in time, this information is purely anecdotal.

Lost, presumed dead, age 23 on the 14th of January 1944

Son of William Morton Allen and Ruth Isobel Allen, of Birmingham.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.


ALLEN

Allen, RAF  –   Air Gunner
Arrived Friday, 01 November 1940 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7
total sorties undertaken 7 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with GC Kain’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
14/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL, 23/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN, 26/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138, 06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3., 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.55, 22/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing, 08/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 25 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 30 January 1941(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 2 months 29 days


ALLEN

Allen, RAF  – Air Bomber  
Arrived Saturday, 01 January 1944 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with J Pryse’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A


ALLINSON

William Alfred Allinson,  D.F.M., D.F.C.  RAF 526281/ 46307 – Observer  

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 33, including 5 DNC (85 % completion rate)

Undertook 33 Ops with J Adams’s crew as  Obs, including 5 DNC – 17/04/1940 Bombing raid on STAVANGER, Norway, 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Roulers and Menin), 07/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on CHIMAY, ST. VALERY, ABBEVILLE, PONT REMY, 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434., 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434, 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434

Tour History
13/03/1940 Happisburgh, 15/03/1940 Two Aircraft carried out Operational exercise. Special Sweep, as detailed in No.3 Group Operation Order No.7, dated 14.3.40., 27/03/1940 Reconnaissance and Nickle Operation. Brunswick – ULZEN – LUNEBURG) Raid No.s. PCB136, PCB137, PCB138, respectively., 12/04/1940 Search for enemy warships off the coast of Norway, 17/04/1940 Bombing raid on STAVANGER, Norway (DNC), 21/04/1940 AALBORG AERODROME, 21/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Aachen and Dinant), 23/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 25/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels, 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Roulers and Menin) (DNC), 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport, 03/06/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.28 DUSSELDORF, 05/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Cross-Roads and Marshalling Yards at CAMBRAI, 07/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on CHIMAY, ST. VALERY, ABBEVILLE, PONT REMY (DNC), 09/06/1940 Bombing Attacks over Enemy Territory, 11/06/1940 Special Duty to ‘PAMELA’, 13/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G9 and G6., 17/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.73., 19/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82., 28/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target C.37., 30/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Forest South of FRANKFURT, 04/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target F.49 and M.431, 18/07/1942 Bombing Attacks on Target K.56, 20/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71, 25/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets, F.18, M.434, and KASSEL, 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434. (DNC), 03/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST, 09/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.84., 13/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7., 15/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.85., 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434 (DNC), 19/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431, 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434 (DNC), 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING, 29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months 16 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – No.140 Squadron – Op history required

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 22 October 1940

Distinguished Flying Medal
Sgt William Alfred ALLINSON (526281) 75 Sqdn

Citation required

LONDON GAZETTE, 2 October, 1945.
Flight Lieutenants.
Distinguished Flying Cross
William Alfred ALLINSON, D.F.M. (46307), R.A.F., 140 Sqn.

Citation required



ALLRED

Ronald James Allred, RAF 2250749 – Flight Engineer  
Arrived Thursday, 21 December 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15
total sorties undertaken 17 including 2 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops with RB Crawford’s crew as  F/E plus 1 Post War flights
0 Op with WW Morgan’s crew as  F/E, plus 1 Post War flights.

Tour History
28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne (RB Crawford), 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard), 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 03/01/1945 Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss (DNC), 07/01/1945 Attack Against Munich, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 08/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Rotterdam (WW Morgan), 26/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

Significant gap in Ops after the 3rd of February Op to Dortmund. This was due to injuries received after crash landing on return to Mepal. Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn” crashed on landing and hit a bakery on the perimeter of the airfield – aircraft destroyed, but no fatalities in the crew


Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 28 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 21 July 1945. Time with Squadron – 7 months


AMES

Alfred James Henry Ames,  D.F.M.  RAF 616330, 53741 – Flight Engineer  
Arrived Monday, 10 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk from No. 15 Squadron.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5
total sorties undertaken 5 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with WD Whitehead’s crew as  F/E
3 Ops with RD Max’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim

The gap of almost 3 months between the June Gelsenkirchen and September Modene Op is possibly explained within the official and Station citations for the award of his immediate Distinguished Flying Medal……..

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 25 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 12 January 1944 to No. 1653 Heavy Conversion Unit. Time with Squadron – 8 months 2 days

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 30 July 1943

Distinguished Flying Medal (Imm)
Sgt Alfred James Henry AMES (616330) 75 Sqdn

“As flight engineer, this airman has participated ‘in numerous sorties and has displayed great skill and devotion to duty. On one occasion, in November, 1942, during an operation against Turin, his ability was amply demonstrated, thereby proving of great assistance to his pilot in most difficult circumstances. One night in June, 1943. he was a member of the crew of an aircraft detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen. During the takeoff, he was jolted from his feet in such a way’ that he sustained an internal injury. In spite of considerable pain, Sergeant Ames refrained from informing his captain and executed his duties ‘until the operation had been successfully concluded. His devotion to duty set a commendable example”.

The announcement of the award in the Squadron F540 for August 1943 adds more, painful detail of the incident………..

Sergeant AMES, A. J. H. was awarded the DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL. He has taken part in 11 successful operational sorties as a Flight Engineer. On the night of 25th June 1943, during the take-off for a raid on GELSENKIRCHEN, he moved forward to adjust one of the engine controls as soon as the aircraft left the ground. However, the aircraft was not properly airborne, but had merely been thrown into the air by the rough surface of the airfield, it subsequently dropped back onto the ground very heavily and threw SERGEANT AMES in such a way that a rupture appeared in his left groin. In spite of considerable pain he carried out his duties during the four hours flying without mentioning his predicament to the captain or other members of the crew until the aircraft had landed at base. This sortie might well have been abandoned if Sergeant AMES had not displayed such outstanding courage and devotion to duty.


AMNER

Gordon McIntosh Amner, RNZAF NZ40713 – Air gunner  
Arrived Friday, 20 September 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CL Gilbert’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
29/09/1940 Bombing Atacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 04 November 1940. Time with Squadron – 1 months 15 days


AMOHANGA

Kiwi Ernest Rehe Amohanga, RNZAF NZ425492 – Pilot  
Born on Friday, 21 June 1918.

Arrived Saturday, 10 March 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 26 from No.73 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6
total sorties undertaken 6 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with W Rangiuaia’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with JM Bailey’s crew as  2nd Pilot
4 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen (W Rangiuaia as 2nd Pilot), 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel (JM Bailey as 2nd Pilot), 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund. 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 10 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 05 June 1945. Time with Squadron – 2 months 26 days

A life lived…….
Passed Saturday, 29 March 1980 aged 61

Buried Kihikihi Cemetery,
49 Oliver Street
Kihikihi, , Waikato
New Zealand

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph – full name & date of death, billiongrraves.com – date of birth and date of death confirmed, place of burial


AMOS

Alwyn Amos, RAF 1578224 – Air gunner   (killed in action)

Operational history prior to arrival at 75(NZ) Squadron
1st Tour – No 49 Squadron – 29 Ops completed.

Arrived at No.49 Squadron 29/05/43
12/6/43 Targets Against Bochum, 14/6/43 Targets Against Oberhausen, 25/6/43 Targets Against Gelzenkirchen, 8/7/43 Targets Against Cologne, 12/7/43 Targets Against Turin, 24/7/43 Targets Against Hamburg, 25/7/43 Targets Against Essen, 27/7/43 Targets Against Hamburg, 29/7/43 Targets Against Hamburg, 9/8/43 Targets Against Mannheim, 10/8/43 Targets Against Nurnberg,  15/8/43 Targets Against Milan, 17/8/43 Targets Against Peenemunde, 30/8/43 Targets Against München Gladbach, 31/8/43 Targets Against Berlin, 3/9/43 Targets Against Berlin, 6/9/43 Targets Against Munich, 22/9/43 Targets Against Hanover, 27/9/43 Targets Against Hanover, 1/10/43 Targets Against Hagan, 2/10/43 Targets Against Munich, 4/10/43 Targets Against Frankfurt,  18/10/43 Targets Against Hanover, 20/10/43 Targets Against Leipzig, 23/11/43 Targets Against Berlin, 1/1/44 Targets Against Berlin, 21/1/44 Targets Against Magdeburg synthetic oil plant,  27/1/44 Targets Against Berlin, 15/2/44 Targets Against Berlin.

Posted out from No.49 Squadron, February 1944.

Arrived Wednesday, 17 January 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour with 75(NZ), 2nd in total
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 15, including 3 DNC (73 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops with DS Barr’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 3 DNC – 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 02/03/1945 Attack Against, 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel

Tour History
22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen (DNC), 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC),04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel (DNC), 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 27 days

Lancaster Mk.I RA564 JN-P was bombing the target at Munster when it was struck by a bomb falling from another aircraft flying above, which exploded. There were no survivors. Only the body of the rear gunner was found and buried at Margraten, Holland. The other crew members have no known graves.

Killed age 24 on the 21st of March 1945

Son of George William and Ada Amos, of Langley, Derbyshire.
Buried Venray War Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – VIII. D. 12.
‘On the resurrection morning’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, No.49 Squadron Operational history provided by Ed Norman, 49 Squadron Association, Image from ancestory.com


AMPS

Dennis William Stewart Amps, RAF 1899630 – Air gunner   (prisoner of war)
Arrived Friday, 19 January 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.3 Lancaster Finishing School.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with LEB Klitscher’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 9 days

Lancaster Mk.III LM740 AA – B was en route to the target and was seen to leave the stream near Wesel (some 50 mils from the target) with the port-inner engine feathered after being hit by heavy flak. The seven crew then apparently abandoned the aircraft after turning for home and landing relatively uninjured in enemy territory. They were all captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: not known
P.o.W Camps: not known
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.


AMSTELL

Raymond Henry Amstell, RAF 1455709 – Air gunner   (killed in action)
Arrived Thursday, 29 July 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JR Mayo’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Stirling Mk.III BK614 JN-N was lost without trace. All seven crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 20 on the 7th of August 1943

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 140.


ANDERSEN

Elinar Knud Alfred Andersen, RAF 745577 – Pilot   (killed in action)

1st Tour – No.44 Squadron – Op history required

Arrived Wednesday, 01 July 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

2nd Tour (1st Tour with 75(NZ)
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op as Pilot

Tour History
20/08/1942 Gardening Off St. Nazaire

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Lost without trace age 23 on the 20th of August 1942

Son of Alfred and Nellie Louisa Andersen, of Southgate, Middlesex.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 72.

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 23 September, 1941

Distinguished Flying Medal
745577 Sergeant Einar Knud Alfred Andersen, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 44 Squadron.

Citation required


ANDERSEN

Kenneth Peder Christian Andersen, RNZAF NZ429128 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Born on Thursday, 04 May 1916 in Hastings, New Zealand. Employed as a surfaceman, New Zealand Railways prior to enlistment.
Arrived Tuesday, 08 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 28.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24    killed on 25th Op
total sorties undertaken 25 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with JH Scott’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 11/09/1944 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 29/09/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 15/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 21 days

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O was brought down by flak about 9 miles South East of the target, crashing near Werrmelskirchen. None of the crew survived and they were buried at that small township, but later reinterred at Rheinberg War Cemetery, south of Wessel.

Killed age 28 on the 4th of November 1944

Son of Antun and Grace Andersen, of Hastings, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 5. C. 4.


ANDERSEN

Maurice Desmond Andersen, RNZAF NZ415675 – Navigator  
Arrived Sunday, 13 June 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk from No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit, Stradishall.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22
total sorties undertaken 22 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 22 Ops with AMF Alexander’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
22/06/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at  Aachen, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 17/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 11 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 29 November 1943. Time with Squadron – 5 months 16 days


ANDERSON

Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer  
Arrived Wednesday, 28 August 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk from No. 11 Operational Training Unit, Bassingbourne.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22
total sorties undertaken 22 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 22 Ops with JES Morton’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre, 20/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory, 23/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg, 26/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Le Havre, 29/09/1940 Bombing Atacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK, 02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69, 10/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome, 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83., 08/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70, 11/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71., 29/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.138 and M.66, 06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3., 09/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26, 13/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target N.62, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt, 22/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing, 08/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven, 11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven, 22/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 13 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Sunday, 09 March 1941. Time with Squadron – 6 months 9 days


ANDERSON

Barry Leonard David ‘Binks’ Anderson, RNZAF NZ429127 – Pilot  
Arrived Saturday, 14 April 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 73 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3
total sorties undertaken 5 including 2 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with DW Thomson’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops as Pilot , plus 2 Post War flights

Tour History
18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland (DW Thomson as 2nd Pilot), 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 25 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 12 September 1945. Time with Squadron – 4 months 29 days


ANDERSON

Charles Norman Anderson, RAF 658255 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Arrived Saturday, 01 August 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4    killed on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with E Lees’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
03/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Emden, 04/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 06/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 07/09/1942 Operations. Gardening off Frisian Islands, 10/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 days

Wellington Mk.III BJ.828 was lost without trace. All five crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 22 on the 10th of September 1942

Son of Thomas and Margaret Anderson.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 77.


ANDERSON

Henry John Anderson, RNZAF NZ4214079 – Air Gunner  
Arrived Monday, 19 March 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 8 including 6 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with RJ Ulrich’s crew as  Mu/Gnr & R/Gnr plus 6 Post War flights

Tour History
29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft (Rear Gunner), 10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 25/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees, 10/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive (Rear Gunner)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 12 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 15 June 1945. Time with Squadron – 2 months 27 days


ANDERSON

Lindsay Douglas Anderson, RNZAF NZ391321 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Friday, 04 June 1920 in Napier, New Zealand. Employed as a clerk prior to enlistment.
Arrived Wednesday, 24 April 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 19.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 15, including 3 DNC (73 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops with J Adams’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 3 DNC – 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434., 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434, 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434
2 Ops with MR Braun’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
17/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.73., 19/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82., 28/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target C.37., 30/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Forest South of FRANKFURT, 20/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71, 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434. (DNC), 09/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.84., 13/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7., 15/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.85., 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434 (DNC), 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434 (DNC),, 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING, 29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN, 18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre (MR Braun), 20/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory (Front Gunner)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 3 days

Wellington Mk.1c T.2463 AA-E, was shot down by coastal anti-aircraft batteries, crashing near Leffinge, Belgium, 8km South South West of Ostend. All crew members were killed.

Killed age 20 on the 20th of September 1940

Son of Robert Douglas and Stella Margaret anderson, of Napier, Hawke’S Bay. New Zealand.
Buried Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium.
Grave location – Coll. grave XII. H. 1-5.


ANDERSON

Ronald Alexander John Anderson, RNZAF NZ36139 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born on Saturday, 13 December 1913 in Warminster, Wiltshire, England.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10    killed on 11th Op
total sorties undertaken 11 (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CE Kay’s crew as  W/Op
10 Ops with MW Watson’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
12/04/1940 Search for enemy warships off the coast of Norway (CE Kay), 13/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G9 and G6.(MM Watson), 17/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.73., 19/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82., 24/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets F.19 & A.108, 26/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.431, H.49, and M.122, 02/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.28 in Ruhr, 04/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target F.49 and M.431, 08/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Alternate Target (Z61) for A.73 – Benvine Plant at MORS, 14/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116, 20/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 8 days

There is no record, regarding the details of the loss of Wellington Mk. 1c R.3165 AA-L. The aircraft came down near Weseke, approximately 40 miles North North West of Horst airfield, near Gelsenkirchen. Other crews on the Op noted the presence of three Me.109’s, seen in the moonlight over the target area. Thus, it would be reasonable to conjecturise that the Watson crew succumbed to at least one of these aircraft.

Killed age 26 on the 20th of July 1940

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 21. F. 1.


ANDERSON

Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAF 1021289/ 172814 – Air Gunner  
Arrived Saturday, 04 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 32, including 3 DNC (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 32 Ops with HL Burton’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 3 DNC – 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 ABORTIVE), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 110 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Boulogne (MU/Gnr), 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon. 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 22/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 04/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay (DNC), 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 21/02/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 02/03/1944 Mining off Le Havre, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 ABORTIVE) (DNC), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 17 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 18 Alternative target attacked – MONGREL 3 (SUCCESSFUL), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 110 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 10/04/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen, 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 8 months 13 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 30 May 1944 (exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 8 months 26 days


ANDERSON

William ‘Bill’ Anderson, RAF Bill – Flight Engineer  
Arrived Saturday, 03 March 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.72 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6
total sorties undertaken 10 including 4 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with FR Bader’s crew as  F/E plus 4 Post War flights

Tour History
06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 03/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague, 08/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Rotterdam, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 15/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 9 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 30 July 1945 (exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 4 months 27 days


ANDERSON

William Anderson, RAF 650736 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Arrived Saturday, 01 August 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with ER Hunting’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
01/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 03/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Emden

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 days

Wellington Mk.III X.3794 was lost without trace, but assumed to have been brought down in the sea off the Netherlands coast where the body of Sgt Anderson (A/g) was recovered. He was buried in Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland. The other four crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Killed age 20 on the 3rd of September 1942

Son of William Edwin Anderson, and of Louisa Anderson, of Litherland, Liverpool.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – 34. B. 8.
‘He died that we might live’


ANDERSON

William Edwin Anderson, D.F.C. RNZAF NZ416073 – Navigator  
Arrived Saturday, 04 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 1657 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 30, including 4 DNC (87 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with FA Andrews’s crew as  Nav
1 Op with RD Max’s crew as  Navigator, including 1 DNC – 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 66 (ABORTIVE)
28 Ops with EF Witting’s crew as  Navigator, including 3 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE), 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period PETER 47A (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 18/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 02/10/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 04/11/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 22/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 04/01/1944 Mining North of Biarritz, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 20/02/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period PETER 47A (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 66 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 11/04/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 8 months 11 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 24 June 1944. Time with Squadron – 9 months 20 days

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 15 SEPTEMBER, 1944

Distinguished Flying Cross.
William Edwin ANDERSON (N.Z.416073), 75 (N.Z.) Sqn.

Citation required


ANDREW

Reginald Frederick Andrew, RAF 1263093 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Arrived Thursday, 05 August 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with NB Witta’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
09/08/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 15/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 days

Stirling Mk.III EE891 AA-Q was brought down off the French coast either by enemy aircraft action or AA ground fire. The bodies of the Captain, Wireless Operator and Mid Upper Gunner were recovered and buried at Olonne-sur-Mer. The body of the RCAF Air Bomber was also recovered and buried at Les Sables-d ́Olonne. The other missing crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Killed age 22 on the 16th of August 1943

Buried Olonne-Sur-Mer Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Row 5. Grave 5.


ANDREW

Victor John Andrew, D.F.C. RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot  
Arrived Friday, 23 June 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 35
total sorties undertaken 37, including 2 DNC (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 37 Ops as Pilot , including 2 DNC – 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Attack Against Brunswick, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 22/10/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Bottrop, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 8 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 22 December 1944. Time with Squadron – 5 months 29 days

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 15 SEPTEMBER, 1944

Distinguished Flying Cross
Acting Flight Lieutenants.
Victor Jbhn ANDREW (N.Z.421343), 75 (N.Z.) Sqn

This officer has completed a number of operational missions against a wide range of targets. He has proved himself to be a skilful and courageous pilot and captain of aircraft. His outstanding leadership and zest for operational flying have set a fine example to all pilots and captains of aircraft of his squadron. On one occasion in July 1944, his aircraft was detailed for a daylight attack against Amayo-sur-Soulles. Intense anti-aircraft fire was encountered and although his aircraft was repeatedly hit Flight Lieutenant Andrew pressed home his attack and dropped his bombs on the target from a height of 2,000 feet. On his return he executed a masterly landing on an emergency airfield when it was discovered that his aircraft had sustained major damage“.


ANDREW

W. Andrew, RAF  – Navigator  
Arrived Friday, 02 June 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 32, including 3 DNC (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 32 Ops with CG Washer’s crew as  Nav, including 3 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart

Tour History
07/06/1944 Attack Against Massy Palaiseau, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart (DNC), 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 16 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 30 October 1944(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 4 months 28 days


ANDREWS

Dennis Easte Andrews, RAF 1892914 – Flight Engineer   (prisoner of war)
Arrived Friday, 20 May 1955 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17  shot down on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 19, including 1 DNC (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 19 Ops with JWA Myers’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 03/06/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 18 days

Lancaster Mk.III LM740 AA – B was en route to the target and was seen to leave the stream near Wesel (some 50mls from the target) with the port-inner engine feathered after being hit by heavy flak. The seven crew then apparently abandoned the aircraft after turning for home and landing relatively uninjured in enemy territory. They were all captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: not known
P.o.W Camps: not known
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.


ANDREWS

Frank Andrews, RAF 1078392 – Wireless Operator  
Arrived Tuesday, 28 December 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 1657 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10
total sorties undertaken 11, including 1 DNC (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 11 Ops with JCL Carey’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Tour History
02/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 30/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC),, 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 22 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 30 March 1944(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 3 months 2 days


ANDREWS

Frank Albert Andrews,  D.F.C.  RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot  
Arrived Saturday, 14 December 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk from No. 15 Operational Training Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 23
total sorties undertaken 23 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with White’s crew as  2nd Pilot
6 Ops with Neate’s crew as  2nd Pilot
16 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.55 (White as 2nd Pilot), 04/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61. (Neate as 2nd Pilot), 08/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven. (Neate as 2nd Pilot),11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven. (Neate as 2nd Pilot), 22/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf. (Neate as 2nd Pilot), 27/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover. (Neate as 2nd Pilot), 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam. (Neate as 2nd Pilot),18/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam, 27/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?, 03/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest, 06/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest, 07/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel, 09/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel, 29/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam, 02/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden, 04/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 06/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 11 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 03 June 1941. Time with Squadron – 5 months 20 days

2nd Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14   
total sorties undertaken 14 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 14 Ops with Self’s crew as  Pilot

Tour History
05/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 22 days

Total final Op count with 75(NZ) Squadron – 37

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 9 JULY, 1943

Distinguished Flying Cross
Flight Lieutenant Frank Albert ANDREWS (N.Z.391336), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 75 (N.Z.) Squadron.

This officer is now on his second tour of operational duty. He has completed a large number of successful missions undaunted by enemy opposition. His determination and courage, coupled with a high degree of skill and efficiency, have largely been responsible for the success achieved by his crew. Flight Lieutenant Andrews has invariably displayed outstanding enthusiasm and devotion to duty. His targets have included Mannheim, Bremen, Turin and Berlin“.


ANDREWS

James Samuel Andrews, RAF 634968 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Arrived Friday, 16 April 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk from No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with ERM Appleton’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
27/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 01/05/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 12/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 15 days

Stirling Mk.III BK721 AA-Z crashed after take-off from Newmarket airfield at 00:37hrs following a failure of the starboard inner engine and collision with Devils Dyke. All but the Captain and W/Op were killed in the crash and are buried in the Newmarket cemetery.

Killed age 23 on the 13th of May 1943

Son of James and Ethel Andrews, of Bramley.
Buried Guilford Cemetery, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Old portion. Grave 985.
‘Always so thoughtful
Unselfish and kind
A beautiful memory Left behind’


ANDREWS

Reginald Frederick Andrew, RAF 1263093 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Arrived Thursday, 05 August 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with NB Witta’s crew as  W/Op


Tour History
09/08/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 15/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 days

Stirling Mk.III EE891 AA-Q was brought down off the French coast either by enemy aircraft action or AA ground fire. The bodies of the Captain, Wireless Operator and Mid Upper Gunner were recovered and buried at Olonne-sur-Mer. The body of the RCAF Air Bomber was also recovered and buried at Les Sables-d ́Olonne. The other missing crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Killed age 22 on the 16th of August 1943

Buried Olonne-Sur-Mer Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Row 5. Grave 5.


ANDREWS

Rex Tabor Andrews, D.F.C. RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator  
Arrived Friday, 05 November 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 11 Operational Training Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 32, including 4 DNC (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 32 Ops with R Millar’s crew as  Nav, including 4 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 68 (ABORTIVE), 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 11A (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
26/11/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 20/02/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea (DNC),
02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 68 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 03/03/1944 Mining off Morlaix, 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 11A (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 70 (SUCCESSFUL), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens
09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 10/04/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen, 22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf,  01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham,  07/06/1944 Attack Against Massy Palaiseau,  08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months 17 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 22 July 1944. Time with Squadron – 8 months 17 days

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 19 September, 1944

Distinguished Flying Cross.
Rex Tabor ANDREWS (N.Z.404524); No. 75 (N.Z.) Sqn.

Citation required


ANDREWS

Ronald John Andrews, RAF 105186 – Air Gunner  
Arrived Saturday, 30 May 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with Geale’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne (on attachment to Squadron for Operation Millenium)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A
Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Sunday, 31 May 1942. Time with Squadron – 1 days


ANDREWS

William Andrews, RAF 1129988 – Flight Engineer  
Arrived Monday, 29 November 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 32, including 3 DNC (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with AG Gray’s crew as  F/E
31 Ops with RA Potts’s crew as  F/E, including 3 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 11 (ABORTIVE), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 154 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
16/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 22/12/1943 Mining off Le Havre, 29/12/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 11 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 13/03/1944 Mining off Brest, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 154 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 10/04/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen, 22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 21 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 30 June 1944(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 7 months 1 days


ANGER

Lloyd Edward Anger, RCAF R.200903 – Navigator  
Arrived Monday, 12 February 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 18
total sorties undertaken 22 including 4 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops with JR Layton’s crew as  Nav
5 Ops with LG Scott’s crew as  Navigator, plus 4 Post War flights.

Tour History
13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden (JR Layton), 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 20/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg (LG Scott), 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 03/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 10 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 30 June 1945(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 4 months 18 days


ANNAN

William Donald Francis ‘Don’ Annan, RNZAF NZ391377 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 10 September 1919 in Napier, New Zeland. Employed as a civil servant prior to enlistment.
Arrived Wednesday, 24 April 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 20.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 8, including 1 DNC (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with WH Coleman’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 02/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.28 in Ruhr

Tour History
17/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.73., 19/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82., 24/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets F.19 & A.108, 26/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.431, H.49, and M.122, 28/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target C.37., 30/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Forest South of FRANKFURT, 02/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.28 in Ruhr (DNC), 08/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Alternate Target (Z61) for A.73 – Benvine Plant at MORS, 25/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets, F.18, M.434, and KASSEL

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 8 days

Early on the morning of 26th July, 1940, Wellington B.IC R3235 of 75 (New Zealand) Squadron, RAF, crashed into the Ijsselmeer, the inland sea near Amsterdam, 1km east of Uitdam. There were no survivors. The bodies of the airmen washed ashore, that of F/O Coleman on the 3rd of August, 1940.

Killed age 20 on the 26th of July 1940
Son of Fredrick Andrew John Annan and of Annie Isabell Annan (Nee Macrae), of Napier, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.

Buried Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 69. Row A. Grave 19.


ANSTY

Ansty, RAF  –  Air Bomber?
Arrived Tuesday, 01 May 1945 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 0 Op with W Rangiuaia’s crew as  A/B plus 1 Post War flights

Tour History
10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
(listed in order to be A/B, but does not have this trade against his name?)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A


ANTHONY

Daniel Thomas Anthony, RAF 1315996 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Arrived Monday, 01 March 1943 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2    killed on 3rd Op
total sorties undertaken 3 (67 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with J Webb’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
04/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 10/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 days

Stirling Mk.III BF456 AA-J crashed some 200 miles South East of Frankfurt near Steeg, a small village at 8,700ft in the Lechtaller Alps, Austria. The aircraft was clearly heading in the wrong direction and flying well below safety height in this mountainous region.

Killed age 21 on the 11th of April 1943

Son of Daniel and Gladys Maud Anthony, of Dowlais, Glamorgan.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 18. E. 3-7.
‘The gates of death
For ever past, in Paradise
With Christ at last’


APPLEBY

Graham Barker Appleby, RNZAF NZ422653 – Air Bomber  
Arrived Friday, 20 October 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 29 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 24 Ops with WJ Wakelin’s crew as  A/B
5 Ops with JR Rodgers’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing (WJ Wakelin), 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Bottrop, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 21/11/1944 Mining in Oslo Fjord, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 14/12/1944 Sea Mining in Kattegat Area, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 02/01/1945 Attack Against Nurnburg, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach (JR Rodgers), 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 6 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Sunday, 25 March 1945. Time with Squadron – 5 months 5 days


APPLETON

Edward Robert Myddleton Appleton, RAF 42475 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Arrived Friday, 16 April 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4    killed on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with PJO Buck’s crew as  2nd Pilot
4 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
26/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg (PJO Buck as 2nd Pilot), 27/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 01/05/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 12/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg*

* On the night of 12/13th. May 1943 Stirling Mk.111 HK721 Captained by F/Lt. E.R.M APPLETON, whilst taking off on operations, failed to clear an obstruction at the end of the runway and crashed almost immediately afterwards. The aircraft caught fire, and unfortunately all of the crew with the exception of the captain and Wireless Operator were killed. The Captain received severe injuries and the Wireless Operator was also injured, both were admitted to hospital.

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 16 days

On the 31st of August S/L Edward Appleton was an Observer on a B-17F of 422 Night Leaflet Squadron (USAAF), the bomber, 42-5376 coded JJ-X “Eager Eagle” was Piloted by 1st Lt Floyd H. Truesdell, out of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.

The flight plan called for an altitude of 7000 feet. The right waist gunner S/Sgt John E. Breen said that the last report he had heard over the inter-phone before the collision was 7200 feet. The flight plan route was over Foulsham.

At approximately 23:30, a Royal Air Force Beaufighter V8715, collided with B-17F Aircraft, Serial No. 42-5376.

The Beaufighter was evidently in a steep bank to the right hitting the B-17 between the No. 3 and No. 4 engines from the front. The force of the collision split the Beaufighter in half and severed the right wing of the B-17F. The two waist gunners, S/S John E. Breen and Sgt Carl G. Ruehl, both parachuted to safety. The B-17F crashed into a farm building on the Parish Church Farm on the south edge of the town of Foulsham, Norfolk County, England, killing 9 other crew members including F/L E. M. Appleton, an RAF Pilot on Detached Service with the 305th Bombardment Group from Royal Air Force No. 3 Group, riding as Observer. There were no civilian casualties.

Killed age 23 on the 31st of August 1943

Son of Capt. Walter R. Appleton and Elizabeth J. Appleton, of Liverpool.
Buried Liverpool (Ford) Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Grave location – Sec. H. Grave 707.


APPS

W. Apps, RAF  –  Air Bomber
Arrived Tuesday, 13 March 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.72 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 13 including 9 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  A/B
3 Ops with RT Clarkson’s crew as  A/B, plus 9 Post War flights.

Tour History
18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland (CH Baigent), 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 08/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Rotterdam, 09/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 26/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England, 14/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 17/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 11 days


ARCHER

Douglas Flockhart Archer, RCAF  – Air Bomber  
Arrived Tuesday, 21 March 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 30, including 2 DNC (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with FE Stott’s crew as  A/B, including 2 DNC – 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund,  17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier

Tour History
25/03/1944 Attack Against targets at Aulneye, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund (DNC), 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 22/07/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 12/08/1944 Attack Against Brunswick, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 1 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 14 September 1944. Time with Squadron – 5 months 24 days


ARCHER

George Walter Matthew Archer, RAF 1355706 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Arrived at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29    killed on 30th Op
total sorties undertaken 30 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with JK Climie’s crew as  R/Gnr
14 Ops with R Bertram’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel (JK Climie), 04/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 07/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend, 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg, 12/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 15/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 17/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Le Havre, 23/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf, 12/02/1942 Daylight Attack – German Battleships in the Channel, 08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 12/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 25/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen, 29/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Dieppe (R Bertram), 30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 02/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 05/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 08/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 16/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 22/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 23/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire and (Gardening), 25/06/1942 Attack on Targets at Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 months 28 days

Wellington Mk.III Z.1616 AA-D completed a normal take-off at 23:20, but approximately 5 minutes after becoming airborne, fire was seen to break out on the aircraft (witnesses say the aircraft was on fire before it crashed). The Wellington then crashed in flames near Red House Farm, Methwold, a few miles north of Feltwell. All five crew were killed.

Killed age 25 on the 29th of June 1942

Buried Feltwell (St. Nicholas) Churchyard, Norfolk, England..
Grave location – Row C. Grave 7.


ARLEN

Anthony Arlen, RCAF R.84152 – Observer   (killed in action)
Arrived Wednesday, 19 August 1942 at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21    killed on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 22 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with KJ Bettles’s crew as  Obs
14 Ops with CR Davey’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
03/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Emden (KJ Bettles), 04/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen, 06/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Duisburg, 08/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Frankfurt, 10/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Dusseldorf, 13/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen, 14/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Wilhelmshaven, 16/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Essen, 12/01/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (CR Davey), 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 14/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 16/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 18/02/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 19/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 25/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 26/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 27/02/1943 Mining off St. Jean de Lurz, 01/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 05/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 08/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months 5 days

Stirling Mk.I BF437 AA-L was brought down near Philippsburg, 22 miles North North East of Carlsruhe (18 miles South of Mannheim). All seven crew were killed. Sgt’s Davey and Brodie were buried at Mannheim but later reinterred at Durnbach. The other five crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 30 on the 8th of March 1943

Husband of Mary Helen Arlen, of Dunnville, Ontario, Canada.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 179.


ARMITAGE

Douglas Armitage, RAF 1434609 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Arrived Tuesday, 04 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk from No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7    killed on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 8 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with NB Bluck’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
16/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/05/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim) (Mu/Gnr), 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal (Mu/Gnr),

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 8 days

Stirling Mk.I EH902 AA-K was brought down either by AA fire or a night-fighter, crashing into the sea off Wissenkerke on the Dutch island of Beveland. There were no survivors. The bodies were all recovered and four of the crew buried in Vlissingen Northern Cemetery. The other three were buried at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery.

Killed age 19 on the 25th of June 1943

Son of Ellis and Edith Armitage, of Wakefield, Yorkshire.
Buried Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Row F. Grave 14.
Though lost to sight
To memory ever near’


ARMITAGE

Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator  
Arrived Monday, 29 May 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 27, including 1 DNC (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 27 Ops with RW Brumwell’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 12/08/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 10 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 07 October 1944. Time with Squadron – 4 months 8 days


ARMSTRONG

Cecil Ernest ‘Snow’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ42354 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Tuesday, 09 May 1916 in Napier, New Zealand. Employed as a groundsman, Maraenua Golf Club prior to enlistment.
Arrived Monday, 10 January 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 27 from No. 31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22    killed on 23rd Op
total sorties undertaken 28, including 5 DNC (79 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops as Pilot , including 5 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 69 (ABORTIVE), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MUSICIAN 5 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
14/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 20/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 03/02/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 20/02/1944 Mining off St. Malo, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 69 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 129 (SUCCESSFUL), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 13/03/1944 Mining off Lorient, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MUSICIAN 5 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 23/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 25/03/1944 Attack Against targets at Aulneye, 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 8 days

Reports indicate that ND768 was struck by flak on approach to target – with a full bomb load, the aircraft exploded killing all on board. The crew’s remains were buried initially at Hauptfriedhof, Dortmund, but were later reinterred at the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

Killed age 27 on the 23rd of May 1944

Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Armstrong, of Napier, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand; Husband of Elsie Isabella Agnes Armstrong, of Napier.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 3. G. 14. 84


ARMSTRONG

Colin Benson Armstrong, RAF 2209010 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
Arrived Saturday, 04 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11  shot down on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 13, including 1 DNC (85 % completion rate)

Tour History
08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne (WW Morgan), 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene (AR Speirs), 18/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (WW Morgan), 08/10/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (Rear Gunner), 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 16/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target (RJ Watson), 27/01/1944 Mining of the East Coast of Denmark, 03/02/1944 Mining in St. Malo (CAG McKenzie), 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour (RJ Watson), 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 70 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 (RESULT UNKNOWN)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 25 days

The wreckage of EF215 was found on a mountainside at Rochefort-Montagne, 15 miles West South West of Clermont-Ferrand, where six of the deceased crew were buried. The only survivor was Sgt Colin Armstrong, who escaped with relatively few injuries. He was taken into custody as a POW.

P.o.W Number: 27446
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIII/ 357
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known


ARMSTRONG

Joseph Armstrong, RAF 1684332 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Arrived Tuesday, 20 June 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 8, including 1 DNC (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with GB Roche’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 26 days

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E was brought down by a night-fighter at 01:15hrs at Heythuysen in the Dutch province of Limburg, 7 miles East of Weert. All crew members, except the Air Bomber and Mid-Upper Gunner, died in the crash and were first buried in the Heythuysen cemetery but are now lying in Jonkerbos War Cemetery.

Sgt Armstrong, at 40 years of age, was one of the oldest airmen killed on Bomber Command operations during 1944.

Killed age 40 on the 21st of July 1944

Son of John Joseph and Annie Armstrong, of Bradford, Yorkshire; Husband of Annie Armstrong, of Bradford.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – 12. J. 1.
‘There’s some corner
Of a foreign field
That is for ever England’


ARMSTRONG

Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator  
Arrived Monday, 03 April 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 31, including 3 DNC (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 31 Ops with DG Gibson’s crew as  Nav, including 3 DNC – 23/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier

Tour History
09/04/1944 Attack Against Lille, 10/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 18/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 20/04/1944 Mining in the Brest Estuary, 23/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 05 September 1944. Time with Squadron – 5 months 2 days


ARMSTRONG

Armstrong, RAF  –   Wireless Operator
Arrived Sunday, 01 September 1940 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11
total sorties undertaken 11 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 11 Ops with RF Noden’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
07/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against A.70, Essen, Black Forest and Colnac Aerodrome, M.101. (name missing ), 26/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Le Havre (name missing)
14/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest, 18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre, 20/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory, 23/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg, 08/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne, 10/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome, 14/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24., 16/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.3 at KIEL, 21/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.2 and A.28, 23/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Berlin, Potsdam Station, D.148., 25/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets B.8, D.1, and AERODROME at BRUSSELS

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 18 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 30 November 1940(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 2 months 29 days


ARTHUR

Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Air Gunner  
Arrived Saturday, 20 May 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 27, including 1 DNC (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 27 Ops with RW Brumwell’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant
12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 12/08/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 10 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 10 October 1944. Time with Squadron – 4 months 20 days


ASHBY-PECKHAM

Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Air Gunner  
Arrived Tuesday, 24 September 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 13
total sorties undertaken 13 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JC Fleming’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with CK Saxelby’s crew as  R/Gnr
11 Ops with BP McNamara’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
14/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24. (JC Fleming), 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83. (CK Saxelby), 14/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL (BP McNamara), 26/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138, 29/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.138 and M.66, 06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3., 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.55, 22/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing, 29/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Hamm and M.434., 01/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1., 04/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61., 08/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets on D.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 25 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 10 January 1941. Time with Squadron – 3 months 17 days


ASHDOWN

Michael Henry Charles Ashdown, RAF 1320551 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Arrived Tuesday, 29 June 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4    killed on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with A Rankin’s crew as  2nd Pilot
4 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Aachen (A Rankin as 2nd Pilot), 04/07/1943 Mining off Ille de Re, 08/07/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 12 days

Stirling Mk.III EE892 AA-F came down in the sea off Southwold, Suffolk, while returning to base. Eyewitness reports indicated that the Stirlng was on fire before it struck the water. All on board perished. Four bodies were picked up by the Aldeburgh lifeboat crew. Sgt Dawson RCAF is buried in Scottow Cemetery; the others were taken back to their home-towns. Sgt’s Harrold, Threadgold and Cleveland are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Killed age 20 on the 26th of July 1943

Son of Charles Robert and Ivy Ann Ashdown, of Worcester Park.
Buried Sutton and Cheam (Cuddington) Cemetery, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Plot L. Grave 1273.
One of the few


ASHLEY

John Richard Ashley, RAF 908768 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Arrived Monday, 01 September 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4    killed on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with PB Chamberlain’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
26/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden, 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt, 30/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg, 10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 16 days

Little is known of the circumstances, although it seems likely they were the victims of an enemy night-fighter, since four other aircraft from 57, 76, 77, and 102 squadrons, were shot down in the same area that night. X9981 came down near Dinant (Namur), Belgium, with no survivors. All these crew members were buried in the Military Cemetery.

Killed age 29 on the 12th of October 1941

Son of Thomas J. and Louisa Ashley, of Cheam, Surrey.
Buried Dinant (Citadelle) Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Grave location – Joint grave 3-4.
A brave courageous boy,
Much loved
By his father, mother,
Brothers, sisters’


ASHWIN

Eric Lumley Durham Ashwin, RNZAF NZ41563 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 09 June 1920 in Whangarei, New Zealand. Employed as a farm labourer prior to enlistment.
Arrived Tuesday, 21 July 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 22.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7    killed on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 8 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with V Mitchell’s crew as  F/Gnr
4 Ops with EBR Lockwood’s crew as  F/Gnr
1 Op with A Scott’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with GH Jacobson’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
27/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kassel (V Mitchell), 01/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken (EBR Lockwood), 04/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen (EBR Lockwood), 06/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Duisburg (EBR Lockwood), 08/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt (EBR Lockwood), 19/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken (V Mitchell), 05/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Aachen (A Scott), 17/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Fallersleben (GH Jacobson as A/B)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 20 days

Stirling Mk.I BF.460 AA-G was shot down over Germany, crashing at Ankum, 20 miles North North West of Osnabruck. This was very near the point where Rousseau crew  crashed on the same night. None of the crew survived. They were initially buried at Ankum but later reinterred at the Rheinberg Cemetery, near Wessel.

Killed age 22 on the 17th of December 1942

Son of Lumley F. Ashwin and Winifred F. Ashwin, of Awaroa Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 17. A. 14.


ASHWORTH

Alan Ashworth, RAF 1529817 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Arrived Saturday, 19 June 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk from No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit, Stradishall.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with JA Couper’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
03/07/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 30 days

Stirling Mk.III BF577 JN-M collided with a German night-fighter (Fw Krauter, II /NJG3), North of the mouth of the River Elbe, crashing on the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog. All on board perished. They are buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ohlsdorf.

Killed age 21 on the 3rd of August 1943

Grandson of Sarah E. Ashworth, of Spotland, Rochdale, Lancashire.
Buried Hamburg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 4A. D. 10-12.
Memories linger
Deep in the hearts
That never forget’


ASHWORTH

Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth,  D.F.C., D.S.O., Bar to D.F.C.  RAF 43699 – Pilot  
Arrived Saturday, 25 January 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk from No.11 Operational Traiining Unit, Bassingbourne.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 31, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with White’s crew as  2nd Pilot, including 1 DNC – 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
4 Ops with WR Faulkner’s crew as  2nd Pilot
4 Ops with GR Simich’s crew as  2nd Pilot
19 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
21/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven (White as 2nd Pilot), 26/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne (White as 2nd Pilot), 01/03/1941 Bombing Attacks on Cologne (White as 2nd Pilot), 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne (White as 2nd Pilot) (DNC), 06/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest (WR Faulkner as 2nd Pilot), 07/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel (WR Faulkner as 2nd Pilot), 09/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin (WR Faulkner as 2nd Pilot), 16/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Bremen (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 17/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 29/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser, 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 12/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm, 16/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 18/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk, 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf, 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen, 30/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 05/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Munster, 13/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen, 15/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 21/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg, 24/07/1941 Daylight Attacks Against Battleship Gneisenau at Brest

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 3 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 13 August 1941. Time with Squadron – 6 months 19 days

2nd Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11
total sorties undertaken 11 (100 % completion rate)
Undertook 11 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
13/07/1942 Attack Against Duisburg, 21/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 25/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 26/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 28/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 31/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 04/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 09/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 27 days

Total final Op count with 75(NZ) Squadron – 41

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 15 July 1941

Distinguished Flying Cross (Imm)
Pilot Officer Arthur ASHWORTH (43699) No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron.

One night in June, 1941, this officer was the pilot of an aircraft which carried out an attack on the Scharnhorst at Brest. Although the target was obscured, Pilot Officer Ashworfh flew over the area for a considerable, time finally dropping flares immediately north and south of the target, which enabled him to see and attack his objective. He also aimed one bomb at an unidentified vessel of 10,000 tons which was observed to be entering the docks. This operation necessitated Pilot Officer Ash worth remaining over the area for one and a quarter hours, making eight surveying runs, at times at an extremely low altitude and in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire. Since February, 1941, this officer has participated in twenty operational missions. He has displayed outstanding skill, courage and infinite care in his efforts to bomb his objectives accurately”.

LONDON GAZETTE, 21 AUGUST, 1942
Distinguished Service Order.
Acting Squadron Leader Arthur ASHWORTH, D.F.C.
(43699) No. 75 (N.Z.) Squadron.

“Throughout the numerous sorties which Squadron Leader As’hworth has completed, many of them in the Middle East, this, officer ‘has displayed utter fearlessness and a magnificent .determination to reach and bomb his allotted target despite all odds. His great skill and efficiency as a captain of aircraft have been an excellent example and stimulus to the entire squadron”.

THE LONDON GAZETTE 2 November 1945
Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.
Arthur ASHWORTH, D.S.O., D.F.C. (43699), R.A.F.O., 635 Sqn

Citation required.



ASKEW

Raymond Askew, RAF 1477972 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Arrived Monday, 29 November 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 1657 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CJ Kinross’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
16/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Stirling Mk.III EF163 JN-L was attempting to land in poor weather conditions when the pilot lost visual reference at low level and crashed at Biddington Farm, Sutton. The aircraft burst into flames. All crew members, except an injured mid-upper gunner, died.

The cause of the crash may have been due to the aircraft’s centre of gravity being effected by a mine that had failed to release.

Killed age 21 on the 16th of December 1943

Son of Thomas and Susannah Askew, of Ashington.
Buried Seaton Hirst (St.John) Churchyard, Ashington, Northumberland, England..
Grave location – Sec. T. Row 6. Grave 22.


ATKIN

Donald Francis Atkin, RAF 1585981 – Pilot   
Arrived Thursday, 17 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 29 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 29 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 19/12/1944 Sea Mining in Dornbusch Area, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 26 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 01 January 1945 (exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 4 months 15 days


ATKIN

John William Filda Atkin, RNZAF NZ411057 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
Arrived Tuesday, 07 July 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7  shot down on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 8 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with SH Gunning’s crew as  W/Op
2 Ops with JE Gilbertson’s crew as  R/Gnr
4 Ops with TS Barclay’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with NJN Hockaday’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
14/07/1942 Attack Against Targets Near Terschelling (Gardening) (NJN Hockaday), 21/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg (SH Gunning as W/Op), 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg (JE Gilbertson), 26/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken (TS Barclay), 31/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 11/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 28 days

Little is known of the circumstances that led to the aircraft being brought down near Dusseldorf, although flak damage was considered to be the main cause. All crew except Sgt Atkin, the Rear Gunner, died and were initially buried in the Dusseldorf Cemetery. Sgt Atkin escaped with slight injuries and was taken prisoner.

P.o.W Number: 25659
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft. StalagVIIIB/344.Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 22nd of April 1945.


ATKINS

Patrick James Atkins, RNZAF NZ4214081 – Air Gunner  
Arrived Saturday, 14 April 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.73 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 4 including 2 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with BLD Anderson’s crew as  R/Gnr plus 2 Post War flights

Tour History
20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 23 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 21 July 1945. Time with Squadron – 3 months 7 days


ATKINS

Atkins, RAF  –   Air Gunner
Arrived Friday, 01 August 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 13
total sorties undertaken 13 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops with TJW Williams’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 12/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre, 14/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 17/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne, 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls, 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel, 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 17/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe, 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 14/07/1942 Attack Against Targets Near Terschelling (Gardening), 23/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Genoa

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1yr 2 months 17 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 30 September 1941(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 1 months 29 days


ATKINSON

J Atkinson, , RAF   – Navigator  
Arrived Monday, 01 May 1944 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21
total sorties undertaken 22, including 1 DNC (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 22 Ops with FC Fox’s crew as  Nav, including 1 DNC – 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg

Tour History
10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg (DNC), 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 15 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 01 August 1944(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 3 months


ATWELL

Kenneth John Atwell, RCAF R.87365 – Wireless Operator   (prisoner of war)
Arrived Thursday, 01 October 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2  shot down on 3rd Op
total sorties undertaken 3 (67 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with KJ Dunmall’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
07/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Frisian Islands, 09/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 17/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Fallersleben

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 10 days

Little is known of the circumstances that led to the aircraft being brought down near Dusseldorf, although flak damage was considered to be the main cause. All crew except Sgt Atkin, the Rear Gunner, died and were initially buried in the Dusseldorf Cemetery. Sgt Atkin escaped with slight injuries and was taken prisoner.

P.o.W Number: 25659
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft. StalagVIIIB/344.Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 22nd of April 1945.

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AUKLEY

Aukley, RAF  – Air Gunner  
Arrived Wednesday, 01 October 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JF Fisher’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
13/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Dusseldorf

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 01 November 1941 (exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 1 months


AULD

Jack Barton Auld, RCAF J.24026 – Air Bomber  
Arrived Saturday, 04 December 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with TLW Teasdale’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
16/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/12/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 30/12/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 19 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 04 January 1944 to No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit. Time with Squadron – 1 months


AUSTIN

Francis Edward Austin, RAF 1262243 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Arrived Monday, 01 September 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4    killed on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with PB Chamberlain’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
26/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden, 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt, 30/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg, 10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 16 days

Little is known of the circumstances, although it seems likely they were the victims of an enemy night-fighter, since four other aircraft from 57, 76, 77, and 102 squadrons, were shot down in the same area that night. X9981 came down near Dinant (Namur), Belgium, with no survivors. All these crew members were buried in the Military Cemetery.

Killed age 27 on the 12th of October 1942

Son of Francis Henry and Hilda Evelyn Austin, of Hanworth, Middlesex.
Buried Dinant (Citadelle) Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Grave location – Joint grave 3-4.
Lord all pitying,
Jesus blest,
Grant him
Thine eternal rest’

,


AXTEN

Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator  
Arrived Wednesday, 27 October 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 33, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with WK Willis’s crew as  W/Op
32 Ops with Arthur Russell Young’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TOM 46 (ABORTIVE

Tour History
25/11/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 30/11/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 30/12/1943 Mining between Le Havre and Cherbourg, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 03/02/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 115b (SUCCESSFUL), 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 129 (SUCCESSFUL), 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 149 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TOM 46 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens (WJ Willis), , 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months 17 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 01 July 1944. Time with Squadron – 8 months 4 days


AYLOTT

C. Aylott, RAF  – Navigator  
Arrived Tuesday, 07 November 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 20
total sorties undertaken 20 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 20 Ops with JH McDonald’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 02/01/1945 Attack Against Nurnburg, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 07/01/1945 Attack Against Munich, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 9 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 28 February 1945 (exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 3 months 21 days


AYRES

Ayres, RAF  –   Wireless Operator
Arrived Friday, 01 August 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 13
total sorties undertaken 13 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops with TJW Williams’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 12/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre, 14/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 17/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne, 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls, 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel, 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 17/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe, 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 14 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 30 September 1941(exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 1 months 29 days